Gardos and Rodriguez return to full training

Two members of Southampton's squad have this week returned to training.

Gardos and Rodriguez return to full training
Rodriguez in training (photo: express)

Both Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez suffered serious knee injuries but, have now made a full recovery and can now come back into training with the first-team at Southampton.

Boost to squad

Southampton's squad will get a welcome boost from their respective returns, as it further strengthens their squad and will only help their ambitions of getting back into European competition.

This now means that no first team players are currently injured, and boss Ronald Koeman has got many options to choose upon every week.

Long time out for the pair

Romanian defender Gardos, has been out since last July after suffering a horrendous knee injury in pre-season. He hasn't made a competitive appearance since the away defeat to West Brom on the 28th February last season.

As for Rodriguez, he has had loads of trouble with injury of late, and he has made just eight Premier League appearances since coming back from an ACL injury near the start of the season.

Rodriguez was on the cusp of going to the World Cup with England before suffering the injury away to Manchester City in the April of 2014.

Rodriguez on fine form before injury

In the season which he suffered his first injury, Rodriguez had scored 17 goals in all competitions by mid-April, and he had aspirations of hitting 20 before flying to Brazil with the national team. It is expected that his next comeback game will be when Sunderland visit St Mary's a week on Saturday.

Rodriguez last appeared for the first team way back in the middle of October in the 2-2 home draw with leaders Leicester City.

Strong competition.

Now both Rodriguez and Gardos are back it just strengthens the quality of his Southampton squad even more than it was.

Koeman now has a fully-fit squad to select upon and Gardos brings more defensive stability at the back if that was needed at this stage.

Rodriguez brings even more depth to the forward line which is already strong with the addition of Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers in the January window.